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Habenaria medusae

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by seidenfaden, Feb 4, 2014.

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  1. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    Habenaria medusae.

    Under normal conditions I usually have three tubers after the vegetation dies back. Last year, I let our Orchid Society have this plant for their annual show (just as it was starting to flower). Unfortunately the flower head was accidently sheared off whilst it was being loaded into the vehicle. The vegetative part of the plant didn't die back as normal, and remained fresh and green right up to the middle of Jan, when I cut it back. After the soil dried out I emptied the contents of the pot to see how may (if any) tubers were produced. I found one large, plump four inch tuber with signs of tiny new shoots I have since cleaned the tuber and planted it into a fresh loam compost. So, I shall have to wait and see what this year brings.

    The inflorescence in the images shown were 30 inches tall. hab1.jpg hab2.JPG med1.preview.jpg
     
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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice. I didn't know the tubers got that large ("plump four inch tuber"). Does it take a few years for the tuber size to increase? The one that I planted was about 1/2 inch diameter and the plant grew to about 5 inches tall and did not bloom. I have not repotted it yet.
     
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    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    I've found that the tubers vary in size depending on how many the plant produces. Sometimes I get three or four tubers, which reduces the size to around one and a half to two inches long. Several years ago I started to use a richer loam mix with small gravel stones also some leaf mold. The tubers are planted in fresh loam every year.

    I can post another image to show the length of the inflorescence. Do I have to open a new post?
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    "I can post another image to show the length of the inflorescence. Do I have to open a new post?"

    No, you can use the same post.
    Thanks for your response.
     
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    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    I have a friend who has a florist shop in our village, when she saw my flower she asked could she display it in her shop window, I agreed, hoping that it would create interest with her customers also that it would tempt potential orchid recruits.

    The image shows the plant in the window, the inflorescence still had another four inches to grow with a few unopened buds. You may notice a cotton wool pad along the scape, this deters slugs and snails from attacking the flowers.

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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Well grown plants, and very nice photos! Thanks for sharing.